“In terms of my conscience, my conscience is that I did the right thing,” says attorney Dale Coventry. Jamie Kunz said, “How often did I think about it? Probably 250 times a year. I mean I thought about it regularly.”
They’re talking about how they kept attorney-client confidentiality. In 1982, they were public defenders, and their client, Andrew Wilson, admitted to them he had shot-gunned a security guard to death in a robbery. And they were very clear on things: they’re not allowed to betray that confidentiality for any reason.
Even if an innocent man was tried and convicted for that crime, and sentenced to life in prison. 26 years ago.
I think it’s safe to say we’ve now found a good example for the definition of egregious. You know, once upon a time, I thought I wanted to be an attorney. When I hear of attorneys taking actions like this, or rather not taking action in a situation like this, I am so glad I didn’t take up that career. I am astounded that a person could let a man they know to be innocent suffer through 26 years of imprisonment. Alton Logan faced the death penalty for a time. What do Coventry and Kunz say about that? “We thought that somehow we would stop at least the execution.” Oh, that’s good.
They say they were released from the confidentiality issue by Wilson’s death in November. What if Logan had died first?
How can you make up what they took from Alton Logan?
If there’s an attorney reading this, I’d really like to hear how you can justify keeping exculpatory evidence quiet. How can you justify letting a man sit in prison for 26 years, when you know he’s innocent?